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Four Republican candidates vying for position of Orange County Judge
ORANGE: BY-Jennifer Gordy
Orange County voters will decide who will lead them during a financial crisis.The county faces a three million dollar deficit. Four men are running in the republican primary to become the next Orange County Judge. With no Democrat running in the primary, one of them will inherit a county that is spending more than it is taking in. Early voter John Wayne Clark says, "It looks like they way they look at it..the county will run out of funds by the middle of July or first of September. They are having to borrow money to finish out the year. They need to cut spending. They're just spending too much money."
Clark thinks the field of candidates is a good one. Former County Commissioner John Dubose and Orange County judge candidate agrees there is plenty of work to be done. "We've had two hurricanes and lots of economic problems in the whole country so we are in somewhat of a slump. We'll have to make some tough decisions to get ourselves back on track."
Former State Representative and Orange County judge candidate Mike Hamilton says, "We got so much to offer and yet we're sitting over here while the rest of the state is blooming and busting at the seams. Orange County is going the other way. Put us in a new direction."
Former Orange County Sheriff and Orange County Judge candidate Mike White says it's all about long range planning. "We've lost over ten thousand people and in the last 30 years have lost 30,000 manufacturing jobs. That's hurting our tax base. We've got to bring the people back," says White.
We were unable to interview the fourth candidate for county judge, Orange County prosecutor Brint Carlton.
Whomever the voters choose, this we know. The next county judge will be a Republican and will have to make tough decisions to bring the county budget back in line.
Orange County Early Voting:
Feb. 18 - 22, 2014
Feb. 24 - 28, 2014
Orange Public Library
220 N. 5th St. - Orange
Bridge City Public Works Bldg.
220 Nitsche - Bridge City
First Baptist Church
11540 Hwy 12 - Mauriceville
Raymond Gould Community Center
385 Claiborne - Vidor